Seeking Typing Tips
Hi Fellow Typeracers!
We all enjoy racing here on Typeracer (or else we wouldn’t be here), but our goal at Typeracer is to be more than just a game. That is, we hope that Typeracer can also be a valuable tool and resource for helping people achieve their goal of learning to type faster. For some, typing fast is a skill that might help them at work. For others, typing fast is just fun!
But regardless of the reason, this is something that many users here on Typeracer are hoping to do (the rest of us just want to have fun!), and Typeracer gets asked all the time–whether it be via email, or comments here on the blog, or questions on the forum–what the best way is to improve one’s typing speed. As much as we would like to just say “play Typeracer more!”, we know that for a lot of people, this is not a satisfactory answer–and really it shouldn’t be.
So, we are setting out to take more steps to not only make Typeracer more fun, but more useful. One of our first tasks is to publish an official typing tutorial, to be freely available here on Typeracer.
Since Typeracer is one of the largest communities of typists on the Internet, and some of our users are truly talented–the best among the best–we think it would be great if we get the input of our users. (Some of the old-timers who have already participated in countless similar discussions over the years are probably tired of this topic by now. Sorry!) Whether you type 25wpm or 125wpm, we want to know both what has helped you and what hasn’t.
Here are a few of my personal favorites:
1) While racing, scroll down and don’t look at your car or your opponents’ cars, since these can be highly distracting. (Admittedly, this only helps improve your speed in competitive situations!)
2) Consciously slow down when you are about to type a complicated or obscure word. This will help you avoid mistakes and thus improve speed.
3) Find your weaknesses. For example, if you often make mistakes when you type the letter “x”, you could consider doing some simple exercises (like spending a few minutes everyday typing words containing “x”).
4) Switch your keyboard 🙂 Personally, my favorite is the Dvorak, and although I honestly don’t recommend it to everybody, I do love it.
5) When you want to type quickly, sit at a table or desk, never with your laptop in your lap.
I know some people might disagree with some of these suggestions, and I hope we can get some good debate going on here and in the forum. Every comment we get will help us improve the Typeracer Typing Tutorial which we are in the process of developing!
What helps you?
David Pritts (valikor)